West African Drumming, Dance Concert Honors Ghana’s Independence


The West African Drumming and Dance Concert was held May 12 in the Center for the Arts Green. The event featured master drummer and visiting artist in residence Attah Poku and choreographer and artist in residence Iddi Saaka, joined by their 72 students, guest artists and 16 student drummers. This annual performance showcases the vibrancy of West African cultures through music and dance forms.

On March 6, 2017, Ghana celebrated its 60th independence anniversary from British colonial rule. This spring’s West African Drumming and Dance concert was held in honor of the anniversary. Apart from the usual traditional dances, students also dressed as Ghanaian chiefs and queen mothers. In addition, a Wesleyan band performed live Ghanaian highlife music and a Ghanaian church based in Worcester, Mass. provided live choral music.

Following the performance, guests were treated to a reception with an assortment of Ghanaian dishes.

Photos of the performance are below. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

stu_dance_2017-0512033712 (1)

stu_dance_2017-0512040039stu_dance_2017-0512035640stu_dance_2017-0512034835stu_dance_2017-0512040414stu_dance_2017-0512035604stu_dance_2017-0512033611stu_dance_2017-0512034531stu_dance_2017-0512033818stu_dance_2017-0512035054stu_dance_2017-0512035206 (1)stu_dance_2017-0512034407
stu_dance_2017-0512035023
stu_dance_2017-0512032753